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Buck's Bar Dome 

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This traditional section of Cosumnes River Gorge is a shorter version of the larger Gutenberger wall across the way. This area features cracks and face climbs from 20 - 50 feet in length that are almost all traditional routes, with some tougher top rope options available as well. Difficulty ranges from 5.1 -5.12, depending on what you're looking for. You will also find an abundance of chimneys on Bucks Bar Dome, which are all quite fun.

This is a great place to be in the afternoon when the areas move into the shade.

All routes can be lowered off or walked off, depending on your preference.

Getting There 

From the path directions for the area, this is the first rock that you come to down the path. As you head down the path you will come across the un-indentifiable top of the dome. You canwalk to the edge here where you will find top anchors and rappel, or you can walk around the far side (about 100 yards) and walk down the path. As the path heads down to the stream in a small gully, you will find the cracks of Buck's Bar Dome to your left.

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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Buck's Bar Dome:
Beginner's Cracks   5.6 4c 14 V S 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   
Amazing Chimney   5.6 4c 14 V S 4b     TR, 1 pitch, 45'   
Magic Beans   5.8- 5b 16 VI- VS 4c     Trad, 50'   
Unconquerable   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   
Live and Learn   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 30'   
Chamberlin's Chimney   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     TR, 30'   
Squeeze Cheeze   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   
Test Piece   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   
Drastical   5.9- 5c 17 VI HVS 4c     Trad, 30'   
Bat Roof   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   
Mangler   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   
Dinkum   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   
Fly or Die   5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b     TR, 1 pitch, 40'   
Adhesion   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     TR, 1 pitch, 30'   
Fingerprint   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b     TR, 1 pitch, 30'   
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Beginner's Cracks 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b  CA : Sacramento Valley/Foothills : ... : Buck's Bar Dome
Beginner's Cracks are on the right side of the Main Area of Bucksbar Dome. They are just to the left of the candycorn. There are several variations of the climb, all of which share a 5.2 start.1) Corner Only - 5.6. Follow the obvious corner to the left the whole way up, staying off of the knobs on the face. Climb tops out to the left as you come out of the corner.2) Small Knobs On Face - 5.8. Follow the knobs that go up between the corner and the crack. Use the face features only.3) Two Cr...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Upper Dinkum Gully (Left). Click for High Resolution version. <br /> <br />(1) Planned Obsolescence (5.8), <br />(2) Blue Ballet (5.10+), <br />(3) Dreamer (5.10+), <br />(4) Nightmare (5.12), <br />(5) Toe Dancing (5.11), <br />(6) Dinkum (5.9), <br />(7) Lap Dancing (5.10d), <br />(8) Fox Trot (5.10d)
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Great Chimney Area (Left). Click for High Resolution version. <br /> <br />(1) Bat Crack Left (5.10+), <br />(2) Bat Crack Right (5.10+), <br />(3) Bat Roof (5.9), <br />(4) Bat Roof Direct (5.11) <br /> <br />The Great Chimney (5.4) stems between the right and left walls. The 20' tall Triscuit Rock can be seen on the right-hand side of the photo.
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By Preston Havill
From: Telluride, CO
Oct 27, 2013

Just climbed at Buck's Bar for the first time and it was very enjoyable. I just wanted to say that you should not let the fact that this is a mostly top rope area fool you into being casual as you approach the top rope anchors from above the dome. If you plan to climb Unconquerable or any of the Bat Crack lines, it would not be unwise to set up a natural anchor from a tree (maybe 30-40' from the anchors) above the dome as you approach from the main trail, if for nothing else then just for balance as you descend. The last few feet is a little sketchy and bare. I set up the anchors anyways without protection from above, but I can see how a party expecting a casual day of top-roping might be surprised to find that the walk down to those anchors is a climb in itself, exposed too. The approaches to the anchors for Test Piece and Beginner Cracks are safer and have a nice big ledge to clip the bolts from. We also packed out a surprising amount of trash, cans, butts, as well as several tags from metolius and black diamond products, obviously left by climbers. Looking forward to frequenting this crag when I visit my family in California.

By sulli
From: Lake Tahoe, Ca
Feb 12, 2014

For anyone pondering, like I did, whether you can just throw down a pad and boulder these short lines, ... the answer is; not really. These lines, despite being short, are not boulder problems. If you climb here without a rope, these are free solos. The landings are sketchy, a ground fall here will likely result in something broken. And falling from some of the stuff further down into the canyon could result in one literally rolling into the river and being washed away.
Bring a rope and a partner :)